Message stick

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Registration number
4758
Item name
Message stick 
Category
Sculpture/Carving
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > Roper - McArthur region > Roper River
Map
Collector
Unrecorded 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1950 
Acquisition method
by Mr R. A. Ward 
Dimensions
H: W: L: D: Circum:

Description

The object is a medium brown hardwood that appears to be painted dark brown. It is thick and solid and whilst rectangular in shape the edges are each curved slightly. The surface also has a slight curvature. Vertical lines have been etched into the wood on one of the main faces and there are none on the other. There are two sets of bands that have been incised all the way around the object at each end. There is a small hole in the centre that goes directly through the object. Another hole is present but appears to be part of the wood.

Length - 12.5cm
Width - 4cm (middle), 2.5 (ends)

Research notes

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